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David Moyes' Manchester United departure was inevitable

23 Apr 2014, 13:23 IST

Of Moyes and Managers

Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson

David Moyes being Sir Alex Ferguson’s personal choice exempted him from having a plan or an impressive CV

David Moyes was sacked as Manchester United manager in the early hours of Tuesday morning, though the news of his departure was already leaked to the press 24 hours before. It was a sad way to part ways.
His future should have been announced and not leaked for him to find out through the media. Though it came across as classless of the club to do it this way, the bottom-line is that Moyes is finally out. Something that I, along with countless other Manchester United fans have been calling for, for a long time. Despite being given a six year contract, he didn’t even last a full season.

In an article earlier this year, I had written that the long term contract would only remain as a good gesture, if the club’s performances do not match the expectations. So here we are on the day when Moyes Is Out! But why? Who should take the blame for this season’s failure and Moyes’ appointment and his ultimate failure?

A year ago, Manchester United was galloping to the title. Today they have sacked their new manager. Finding a world-class manager for a top club is not an easy task. Manchester United should thank their stars that they had Sir Alex Ferguson. A stalwart who remained at the club for over a quarter of a century. A time over which the footballing world changed many times, but he always kept Manchester United relevant and steered the club to success. He was a freak. During the same time, all top clubs have gone though a large list of prolific names to fill in the role of the manager.
That is true for all top level clubs chasing success. United are no different. Real Madrid president commented that poor results on the field will hurt financially and United are no different. Such is the immediacy of today’s football.

When Moyes was appointed, it was on Sir Alex’s recommendation. Frankly, he was no one else’s top choice for the role. The United board did not compare CVs, nor had any interview or voting. Such was the influence of the greatest manager of the world, that his opinion was final. But make no mistake, when the United board accepted the suggestion, they were taking a huge risk gambling the future of the club on a manager unproven at the highest levels.
And they probably saw it coming. That is why the ‘ejector seat’ clause was written into the long term contract. The board had realistic expectations for the Scot’s first season in-charge, and the fact that he failed so miserably at reaching them shows the risks with an unproven manager. Fact remains that at the beginning of the season the fans did not expect any trophies but a Champions League qualification was a realistic target for the first season. United finishing miles of from that target and not six point adrift of any European football would never go down well with a club, heavily in debt and requiring on field success to drive the commerce.

But Moyes’ folly is just highlighted in the results but the symptoms are everywhere to see. It was way back in preseason when Moyes admitted to over training Robin van Persie, a player with significant injury history. Getting rid of Rene Meulensteen did not go down well with the players especially when he gets replaced by Jimmy Lumsden. Its no coincidence that Lumsden and Round have been sacked but Chris Woods was not. While De Gea has shown marked improvements this season, rest of the squad has performed poorly and the hierarchy thinks it was down to the manager and his coaches. Which indicates that the players were not impressed by the training ground change.

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